Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
The typical casseroles are also prepared. The sweet potata' casserole is topped with marshmallows or pecans. The green bean casserole has fried onions on top of it.
Monday, November 23, 2009
I'm totally in the Christmas spirit. In fact, I can admit I've been listening to the Casting Crowns Peace On Earth album I posted about last year for the past 4 weeks! You can still play it for free if you click here. It is one of the most beautiful Christmas albums I have ever heard. Enjoy!
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
In the tradition of the Victorians and Royalty alike, pomanders were used to mask odors. The sweet smelling scent will fill your home with citrus freshness.
This craft: approx 1 hour to make
Masking tape or elastic bands
20-25 grams large headed cloves
Spice mixture: 1 tablespoon each: cinnamon, nutmeg,and ground cloves
Knitting needle or fork or toothpick
Thimble or masking tape to cover fingers.
4 drops sandalwood oil (a natural preservative)
Ribbons for hanging pomanders.
Note: In traditional pomanders, orris root is used to act as a preservative and scent enhancer. Orris root is from the Iris bulb that has been dried and ground to a fine powder. Some people have shown allergic reactions to orris root, so we suggest you use sandalwood oil as an alternative preserver.
Let's get started!
To begin, select fruit that is blemish free. Oranges are very suitable for this project. Mix the spices with the Sandalwood oil in a bowl or bag and set aside. Cover fingers with masking tape or thimbles when making the holes for the cloves, otherwise it can be painful after awhile. At this point, if you want to decorate the pomander with ribbons, using masking tape, make a crisscross design on the fruit.
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Thursday, November 12, 2009
This past weekend was one of the best I have had in a long time. I got the opportunity to spend some real quality time with my some of my oldest friends. We left all of our men folk at home and partied the weekend away. In order to set the scene, let me give you the back story.
My girlfriends, all fourteen of us, have been buddies since high school. Some of us have known each other since middle and elementary school. Needless to say, we go way back. We have all stayed in touch. We take an annual beach trip together. We get together any time we can. Somehow over the years since high school our group has developed a name...The Fab Fourteen. We mostly refer to ourselves as the Fab.
Years ago when we were all freshman in college and had just gone through sorority rush we took our annual beach trip. This particular year the trip happened to fall on the Auburn vs. Florida football weekend. Most of us ended up in different sororities and at different universities. Two girls pledged Alpha Delta Pi and Alpha Chi Omega at the University of Alabama. Seven of us attended Auburn University and pledged Alpha Omicron Pi, Zeta Tau Alpha, Alpha Chi Omega, Sigma Kappa, Alpha Delta Pi, Phi Mu, and Kappa Delta. One Fab member became an Alpha Chi Omega at the University of North Carolina. Another friend was a Kappa Delta at Rhodes. Two girls pledged Chi Omega at the University of Southern Mississippi and at Birmingham Southern College. Finally, we had an Alpha Delta Pi friend at Samford University. All of this Greek speak is to say we were all over the place and in different chapters around the south.
Because we had all just experienced rush and landed in different places we decided we should create our own "sorority" of which we were all sisters together. During a late night discussion in the beach condo, we decided since our favorite thing to do when we all spend the night together is eat, our mascot should be the pigs. Thus our motto followed: "Together let us eat." Then came our colors, well obviously pink and black were chosen. The following day we all went to a bar to watch the AU vs. Florida game. As we were watching we decided our letters would be Beta Eta Zeta. Then came our cheer for that game..."The Beta Eta Zeta Gata' Hata's."
We of course followed up on all of this with an initiation, standards, ritual, officer selection, etc. What is so funny about all of this is that we have kept it going. Even though half of us are now married, some of us are in professional or graduate school, and some are living up north. We jokingly hold chapter meetings over Thanksgiving and Christmas because that is when we are most often all home visiting our parents. We call our Thanksgiving meeting Thanksgiving Workshop. This is where we elect our officers for next year. This election always proves to be hysterical. In fact, Judd has even videotaped this process for us once before. Did I mention any man that would do this is a total keeper??? We also have an annual FAB Christmas party where we catch up, discuss chapter business, and exchange secret pal gifts. What started as sillyness during a beach weekend turned into something that we oddly hold dear.
Having said all of that, we had a mini Fab reunion in Tuscaloosa, AL, the home of the University of Alabama, last weekend. Our friend, Susan, is in law school there. We decided to all stay there with her in her apartment for the UA vs. LSU game weekend. All of us Auburn fans, not owning anything crimson (UA's color) for fear that our flesh might actually burn off if we wore it, decided to wear purple for LSU. We figured this way we could still say "Go Tigers" and mean it. Of course, we meant our Auburn Tigers. We had a fantastic time. The weekend also happened to be Susan's birthday. She of course blew out her "26" candles atop a pig cookie cake. It was the perfect FAB weekend. Some of our friends even traveled from Boston, Nashville, and Atlanta to join us. I think the fact that they traveled that far shows right there the love and devotion we all have for each other. See below for some shots from our FABulous weekend!
Later that night after an interesting car ride home we all sang Happy Birthday to Susan as she blew out her candles.
"Together Let Us Eat."
These photos pretty much sum up our weekend. We had a great time. I love these girls and would do anything for them. I can't wait for Thanksgiving workshop.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
He was at the elementary school playing football with his children. He saw Judd and we stopped to say hello. He was looking at us funny. I guess he was trying to see what we were collecting. I explained and while I was speaking our dog, Cole, took a poo poo right next to the side walk. We of course didn't have anything to pick it up with because I had used our bag to put the cones in. I was not about to dump out all of our hard work for stinky dog you know what. Geez, I am quickly becoming the Homewood village idiot over a bunch of pine cones.
Holiday decor...I am truly devoted to you.
122 Tree Lane Sweet Magnolia Chocolate
Another Broken Egg Cafe Banana Foster French Toast Cinnamon Roll
Ashley Mac's Triple Chocolate Brownies
B&A Warehouse All Catering Orders
Bellini's Ristorante & Bar Chocolate Mousse
Bongiorno Italian Restaurant Bread Pudding
Bottega Restaurant and Cafe Tiramisu
The Bright Star Coconut Pie
Bruster's Real Ice Cream Sure Cure Sundae
Cafe Dupont Cafe Dupont Beignets
Cafe Lazio Tiramisu
Cafe Trentuno Cheesecake
The Cajun Steamer Cajun Steamer Famous "Bread Puddin"
Chappy's Deli Mini-Hummingbird Cupcakes
Chez Fonfon Pear and Almond Tart
Chuck's Fish White Chocolate Bread Pudding
Crape Myrtle's Cookies
Culinard Cafe White Chocolate Blueberry Cookies
Demitri's BBQ Chocolate Pie
DeVinci's Pizza All Desserts
Donut Joe's Apple Fritter
Dyron's Lowcountry White Chocolate Bread Pudding
Edgar's Bakery Awareness Ribbon Petit Fours, Cupcakes and Sugar Cookies
Elements Corner Cafe Banana Pudding
Frankie's Market CafeBanana Pudding
Franklin's Homewood Gourmet Pound Cake with Key Lime Cream
Highlands Bar and Grill Sweet & Salty Chocolate Cake with Caramel Ganache
Hot and Hot Fish Club Chocolate Souffle
Icing on the Cookie Fall Leaf Cookie
Irondale Cafe All Desserts
Jim 'N Nick's Bar.B.Q. Lemon Pie
Joe's Italian Pizza, Pasta & Cafe Carrot Cupcake for the Cure
Johnny Rockets (Summit Location)Cherry and Strawberry Milkshake
La Dolce Vita Tiramisu
La Reunion Coffee and Tea Company Giant Cream Cheese Frosted Cinnamon Rolls
MAFIAoZA's Pizzeria Cannoli
Miss Rosemarie's Special Teas Lemon Squares
Nabeel's Cafe Surprise
Nana Puddin' Banana Pudding Trifle
O'Henry's Coffees Banana Cake
Pastry Art Bake Shoppe Sweet on a Cure Cupcakes
Ragtime Cafe Key Lime Pie
The Redmont Cafe Cheesecake Martini
Rojo Fried Pie
Roly Poly Cookies
Savage's Bakery and Deli Breast Cancer Cookies
Smith's Oysters and Steaks German Chocolate Cake
Soho Sweets Ice Cream Cupcake
The Spiced Pear Tea Room Chocolate Volcano
Superior Grill Heath Bar Pie
Tracy's White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies
UAB Hospital Special Cupcake
V. Richard's Coconut Gooeys
Wine Loft of Downtown Birmingham Homemade Apple Turnover
Zona Rosa Cafe Tres Leches Cake
Like a true rock star
Me, my sweet friends--Allison who went as a child of the 80's (We all thought she looked like Deb from Napoleon Dynamite) and Stephanie who also went as an 80's person. Her costume was especially funny to us though because it was our high school's freshman dance team costume from the 1998-1999 school year.
This was our whole group that went out on Halloween night. From Left to Right: Judd, Abby, Tripp, Stephanie, Chad, and Allison. (Note: Chad went as a redneck University of Alabama fan. Judd painted that "A" on his shirt before we left the house.)
I don't even have words for this one. He was definitely keeping it real.
The make up artist at our house as we were getting ready was our friend Morgan. She, Judd, and Tripp were all in graduate school together. Her costume cracked me up. She went as Kate Gosselin from the TLC show Jon and Kate Plus Eight. She had 8 little babies tied around her. She even gave one glasses so he could be Aidan. I loved her Kate wig.
So that sums it up. I thought these pictures would for sure be keeping it real. Blogs make life seem perfect and well decorated. We like to maintain normalcy most of the time; however, we really enjoyed having a night of fun.
On a side note: When we arrived at the bar a man walked up and handed us an envelope. He said Judd had been picked by the mystery judge as the winner of the costume contest. We won $50 dollars and didn't even know there was a contest. It really made our night. Ha!